MAQUOKETA VALLEY FOOTBALL
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
They were a pair of similar games, with the teams close at halftime and one team pulling away in the second half.
Maquoketa Valley’s football team was on both ends of the scenario. The Wildcats scored 27 unanswered second half points in a 48-20 victory over Wilton in a state second round game Monday, Oct. 29 in Delhi.
On Friday, Nov. 2, top-ranked Iowa City Regina turned the tables on the ‘Cats, turning a 21-14 second quarter lead into a 38-14 victory in the state quarterfinals at Regina.
Prior to the quarterfinal game, the Wildcats used an explosive fourth quarter performance to pull away from Wilton, 48-20, Oct. 29 in Delhi.
Ryan Parmely rushed 27 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and the Wildcat defense shut out Wilton in the second half, as MV advanced to the quarterfinal round. In all, the Wildcats had 363 total yards, including 280 rushing.
“Ryan wasn’t going to be stopped,” Wilson said. “He ran hard. When he gets in that zone, he’s tough to tackle.
“I think offensively we were in control most of the game. I think our offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, and we felt comfortable running the ball.”
The Wildcats led 21-20 after a back-and-forth first half. Maquoketa Valley took the lead early when Jobe Ellison blocked a Wilton punt, and Mitch Manternach recovered at the Wilton 9-yard line. Two plays later, Jeremy Bacon scored on a four-yard run, and Carter Funke kicked the extra point.
Wilton came right back to score on an 80-yard drive, with Logan Mays going across on a three-yard run. The extra point kick was wide, and MV led 7-6.
The teams traded punts, and Funke took Wilton’s punt and raced toward the left sideline on a 58-yard return to the Wilton 9.
“These kids just make the play when they need to make the play,” Wilson said.
MV scored two plays later, on the first play of the second quarter, as Steve Huber went in from four yards away. The Wildcats led 14-6.
The Beavers came right back again, going 80 yards in 12 plays and scoring on a five-yard pass from Tyler Hetzler to Seth Kaufmann. Hetzler then hit Troyal Harris on a pass for a two-point conversion, and the teams were tied 14-14 with 7:25 left in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the ball deflected off an MV player and was recovered by Wilton. The Beavers took over at the MV 44, and scored eight plays later, on a nine-yard pass from Hetzler to Harris. An extra point kick bounced off the left upright, and Wilton settled for a 20-14 lead with 4:58 left in the half.
It was the only lead Wilton would have. The Wildcats went 63 yards on just six plays on their next possession, scoring on an eight-yard run by Parmely. Funke’s point-after gave MV a 21-20 lead, which it carried into halftime.
“We knew we weren’t going to be able to completely stop them,” Wilson said. “We just wanted to limit them. And especially in the second half, we limited what they could do, and that was our success.”
The second half was dominated by Maquoketa Valley. The defense held Wilton to just one first down, while the offense put together four scoring drives.
The first one opened the half. The Wildcats marched 65 yards in nine plays, scoring on a seven-yard run by Bacon.
A short punt and a 15-yard return by Funke set up the next score, a six-yard pass from Ben Dzaboff to Funke. MV led 34-20 with 6:19 to play.
Wilton was stopped on downs at the Wildcat 47 on the next series, as Ellison recorded a sack to end the drive. MV then put the game away as Parmely broke around the left side for a 46-yard touchdown.
Bacon then made an athletic interception, tipping a pass into the air and then diving to grab it, and two plays later Funke scored from 22 yards away for the final 48-20 margin.
At Regina Friday, the Wildcats gave the top-ranked Regina Regals a battle for most of the first half. MV answered two Regina touchdowns with scores of their own. Parmely, who rushed 29 times for 224 yards in the Regina game, scored on a four-yard run in the first quarter. Quarterback Ben Dzaboff followed with a five-yard scoring run that tied the game 14-14.
The key moment in the game happened late in the second quarter. Maquoketa Valley trailed 21-14, but ran a fake punt in which Parmely ran 46 yards to the Regina 17.
But an interception gave Regina the ball at its 2-yard line, and the Regals then converted what was probably their biggest play: a 98-yard touchdown on a pass from Mark Ward to Matt Streb, who caught the ball at about the Regina 40 and ran the rest of the way.
“That was a big play in the game,” Wilson said. “We had a chance to tie the game with less than three minutes left in the half and turned the ball over on the 2-yard line, which led to the 98-yard touchdown.
“We also had another turnover in the end zone a series earlier. We were three or four plays from being tied or up at the half.”
The Regals were able to take a 28-14 lead into halftime, and scored 10 more points in the third quarter to put the game away.
Despite the loss, it was another strong rushing game for the Wildcats, who totaled 255 yards on the ground.
“I thought we did an excellent job of controlling the line of scrimmage on offense, being able to run the ball and keeping them off balance,” Wilson said.
Maquoketa Valley finished the season with a 10-2 record, including 2-1 in the post-season. The Wildcats were Class 1A, District 5 champions with a 5-1 mark.
“The kids need to be proud of what they accomplished this season,” Wilson concluded. “Not many people would have picked us to be where we finished.”
Class 1A second round
Wilton 6 14 0 0 – 20
Maq. Val. 7 14 7 20 – 48
MV - Bacon 4 run (Funke kick), 8:25 remaining.
Wil - Mays 3 run (kick failed), 4:07.
MV – Huber 4 run (Funke kick), 11:54.
Wil - Kaufmann 5 pass from Hetzler (Harris pass from Hetzler), 7:25.
Wil - Kaufmann 9 pass from Hetzler (kick failed), 4:58.
MV - Parmely 8 run (Funke kick), 2:35.
MV – Bacon 7 run (Funke kick), 7:59.
MV - Funke 6 pass from B. Dzaboff (kick failed), 6:19.
MV - Parmely 46 run (Funke kick), 3:47.
MV – Funke 22 run (Funke kick), 2:48.
First downs 15 11
Rushing yards 141 280
Passing yards 167 83
Comp.-att.-int. 14-23-2 7-9-1
Total yards 308 363
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties 3-23 4-35
MAQ. VALLEY STATISTICS
Rushing – Parmely 27-184, B. Dzaboff 9-46, Funke 3-28, Bacon 2-11, Huber 2-7.
Passing - B. Dzaboff 7-9-83-1-1.
Receiving - Ellison 5-65, Funke 2-18.
Interceptions – Funke, Bacon.
Fumble recovery – Vorwald.
Tackle leaders – Funke 12, Parmely 11, Hargrafen 9, Coyle 6, Huber 6, Manternach 6, Ellison 5.
Sacks - Ellison 3, Hargrafen, Kramer, Manternach.
Class 1A quarterfinal
(at Iowa City Regina)
Maq. Val. 7 7 0 0 – 14
Regina 7 21 10 0 – 38
ICR – Balke 37 pass from Ward (Dolezal kick).
MV - Parmely 4 run (Funke kick).
ICR - Dixon 9 run (Dolezal kick).
MV – B. Dzaboff 5 run (Funke kick).
ICR - Dixon 5 run (Dolezal kick).
ICR - Streb 98 pass from Ward (Dolezal kick).
ICR - Dixon 5 run (Dolezal kick).
ICR – Dolezal 32 field goal.
First downs 12 19
Rushing yards 255 233
Passing yards 62 171
Comp.-att.-int. 6-17-3 6-19-1
Total yards 317 404
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties 6-40 11-107
MAQ. VALLEY STATISTICS
Rushing – Parmely 29-224, B. Dzaboff 12-31.
Passing – B. Dzaboff 6-16-62-0-3, Parmely 0-1-0-0-0.
Receiving – A. Dzaboff 3-30, Funke 2-21, Ellison 1-11.
Interception – Bacon.
Tackle leaders – Parmely 14, Funke 11, Hargrafen 11, Bacon 10, Coyle 10, Manternach 9, Ellison 7, Kramer 5, Huber 5.
Sacks - Ellison, Manternach.
PHOTO: Carter Funke sprints down the sideline on a 58-yard punt return Oct. 29 in Delhi. The play set up a Wildcat touchdown in their second round win over Wilton. (Photo by Pete Temple)